Japan eased out of recession in the last quarter of 2012, with modest growth that, analysts say, underpins a strengthening economy, as the government and central bank up their fight against deflation.
Pedestrians cross a street in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, on January 14, 2013. Japan squeaked out of recession in the last quarter with modest growth that, analysts say, would provide a foundation for a strengthening economy.
The 0.2 percent expansion on an annualised basis in the three months to December will be welcome news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose first few months in office have seen renewed optimism over the world's third largest economy.
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